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Five lies moms tell themselves

We may not admit it but we do it all the time. We lie to ourselves. Yes, moms, I'm talking about you! We, who spend countless hours worrying about every conceivable aspect of our kids’ lives, yet barely look at ourselves in the mirror some days. Mothers are supposed to be perfect human beings, as mass media would have us believe, so we just pretend that’s how it is!



Here are five lies we tell ourselves:


They grow up so fast!


I know they really do grow up fast, but think back to the time you spent walking the corridors when they were colicky or teething, or just up for no reason! Those were the times when every minute of sleep deprivation sucks the spirit out of you and you secretly wish you could click the fast-forward button.

I don't miss my old life…


What is there not to miss about sleeping in on the weekends, shopping all day and making travel plans on the go? Of course you miss those times! There's nothing wrong with reminiscing about the past. But then, you wouldn't trade what you have now, would you?



I love bedtime stories!


You probably said that the first fifty times you read your munchkin's favourite book. Now, your eyes get droopy and it's more like you're reading a Chemistry textbook. And yes, they want you to read it to them every night.

I'm looking forward to ‘me time’!


The truth is that whenever you do to extricate yourself from the domestic chaos, your mind is so preoccupied with what could be going wrong that your precious 'me time' becomes a torture. Only moms know what that feels like - it's a mixed blessing.

It's just a phase…


Every time your little one throws a tantrum in the mall or spits at his brother, this is all you can say to yourself (and others), knowing deep inside that only you and the Lord knows that this 'phase' has been going on for too long to qualify.

I can handle it...


Not when you have to get up from dinner (twice today) to clean the poopy diaper. Or stay up another night. Or handle another fight. Or clean another mess. You get the point. Sometimes, it can get too much to handle, and that's no hyperbole.

We probably say these things to escape the reality that is parenting. But there is one lie we often tell ourselves without knowing it. It's when we think to ourselves, I'm not doing good enough. Don't! Because as long as you're doing the best you can do, you're doing a great job.


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Michelle Thomas said...

These are so true!! I do try to get everything done in the day so at night after they are in bed, I can really relax! :)

Tarana Khan said...

I try to make the most of nap time because I'm dead tired by evening!

Being Mummy said...

So true! Especially the "me time" one. As soon as I get some me time I'm dying to get home again! Can't win!

Tarana Khan said...

So, we all feel that way. Phew!

Kenya G. Johnson said...

Bedtime stories were/are so hard. It's a little more fun now (somewhat) as we take turns. But I am and have always been the one that gets so sleepy. I yawn terribly and then I really just want to go to bed, but can't.

Julie DeNeen said...

So true. I always look for the bedtime stories that are the shortest. Even better if it's just pictures! LOL Thanks for linking up with us!

Tarana Khan said...

I yawn all through it sometimes!

Tarana Khan said...

Thanks for stopping by!

rocksnosaltmommy.com said...

Found you on the Humor Me blog hop today and I'm so glad I did! This list is absolutely accurate for all moms out there! I DO miss the pre-baby life. I DO get tired of the same books over and over again. I DO feel like time is both passing quickly yet simultaneously dragging by slowly on those hard days. I like the way you listed it like this. I'd like to share the link to this page on the Margarita Mommies Facebook page. This is a page that I update with fun, newsworthy, and interesting topics for moms. I think your post will fit nicely with our material. (http://www.facebook.com/MargaritaMommies)

I hope you get a chance to stop by my personal blog at www.RocksNoSaltMommy.com, where today's post is all about a an emergency pitstop in the middle of nowhere with my two small children. I hope it makes you laugh!

Tarana Khan said...

Thanks for your lovely comments and for sharing my post! Heading over to check out your blog.

Terrye said...

I found that if I don't take 'me time' to write/blog, I become a very grumpy momma bear, and it's not pretty. Thankfully, my little guy is going to a summer session for school. It's only part time, but it gives me a break and I can write without being interrupted every 10 minutes.

I really love this list and it is SO true. Thank you for linking up with the Humor Me! Blog Hop!!! :)

Terrye said...

OH! I added your button to my "Crazy Good Bloggers" page, too! I thought it was about time. :D

Tarana Khan said...

Thanks Terrye!

thesadderbutwisergirl.com said...

The me time thing-YUP! Especially when I've left my kids with my husband... I never quite know what I'm going to come home to. Thanks for hooking up with us at the Humor Me Blog Hop!

Tarana Khan said...

Glad you agree! Thanks for stopping by...

Judith Kingston said...

Very insightful. and we don't just tell these lies to ourselves but to others as well!

Mama Macfennell said...

So very true! Especially the 'me time' and 'just a phase' it may be a phase but it doesn't end it just morphs into another type of phase! Helen

Tarana Khan said...

That's right, we do!

Tarana Khan said...

Exactly, glad you agree!

Suzanne Whitton said...

Brilliant! I think these little lies are the only thing that gets us through.....the 'just a phase' quote rang true for me. It feels like a flipping long 'phase' sometimes lol! Thanks for linking up to #oldiesbutgoodies

Tarana Khan said...

The 'phase' thing is one big scam! Thanks for stopping by.

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